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Obama, Liberal Imperialist

by on May 4, 2012

President is pushing neo-Wilsonian globalism on steroids

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

President Obama has put America on the disastrous path toward another Vietnam.  This is the real meaning of his recent trip to Afghanistan. On Tuesday, Mr. Obama delivered a nationally televised address from Kabul. The speech was filled with symbolism. The president spoke on the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden. Mr. Obama announced that the war is close to ending. The surge forces are being withdrawn. More troops will be pulled back in the future. The administration, along with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, is determined to negotiate with the Taliban. According to Mr. Obama, the conflict is winding down. The “war on terror” supposedly is over.

The speech was a cheap publicity stunt – political theater masquerading as statesmanship. Mr. Obama was not there to mark America’s victory in Afghanistan or to boost the morale of our soldiers. Rather, his message was aimed at the electorate back home. Opinion polls show that nearly 75 percent of Americans oppose the war in Afghanistan . His aim is to convince them he is a successful commander in chief – that under his leadership, the Talibanhave been routed, al Qaedahas been smashed and our troops are (eventually) coming home.

There is one problem with Mr. Obama’s narrative: It is a lie. Shortly after his visit, the Talibanresponded to Mr. Obama’s peace offer. They launched an attack, which killed seven and wounded at least 17. They have no intention of laying down their arms. Why should they? The Talibanare bleeding America to death. They have not been defeated. Instead, they are resurgent. With a safe haven in Pakistan, Talibanguerrillas are able to cross the Afghan border with impunity. The native Afghan population is turning on allied forces, increasingly viewing them as foreign occupiers.

Read the entire article:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/may/3/obama-liberal-imperialist/
Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a columnist at The Washington Times and president of the Edmund Burke Institute.

 

2 Comments
  1. Wonder why he didn’t give his speech from “Pock-ee-stan?”

    • Anonymous permalink

      because he might get hurt by the “Tell-ee-bun.”

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